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Climate Change is Damaging Wildlife Says New Report

November 16, 2015
Environmental Health

A new report by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) says climate change is already damaging Europe’s wildlife. ‘The Nature of Climate Change’ reviewed and compiled current evidence, concluding that changes which have produced more extreme weather events, removed vital habitats and altered migration patterns are a serious risk to wildlife.

With natural events in spring and summer occurring earlier, plants and animal species are developing at different rates leading to concerns food will not be available when species need it. Martin Harper, RSPB’s Director of Conservation, believes the results prove climate change is already having a big effect.

“Climate change is the greatest long-term threat to people and wildlife. We are already seeing its impacts and, alongside other pressures on land and at sea, our wildlife is increasingly at risk,” he said. “The report has a clear message that the world’s governments need to act on fast, to limit climate change. They’ve no better opportunity to do this than the upcoming UN climate negotiations in Paris. Countries such as the UK also need to make sure they’re making every possible effort to back up international ambition with action back home, in part by supporting the transition to a low carbon energy system.”

The report follows the results of a poll by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) which showed that 79% of Britons are worried about the impact of global warming on the country’s wildlife.

You can download a copy of ‘The Nature of Climate Change’ HERE